Camille Claudel (1988)

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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Robinson ...
Louise-Athanaise Claudel
Laurent Grévill ...
Philippe Clévenot ...
Eugène Blot
Jessie Lipscomb
Maxime Leroux ...
Danièle Lebrun ...
Rose Beuret
Jean-Pierre Sentier ...
Roger Planchon ...
Aurelle Doazan ...
Louise Claudel
Madeleine Marie ...
Alain Cuny ...
Louis-Prosper Claudel
Gérard Beaume
Martin Berléand ...


Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt for herself and for Rodin. She also becomes his mistress. But after a while, she would like to get out of his shadow... Written by Yepok

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$201,055 (USA)

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Alain Cuny who plays Camille and Paul Claudel's father actually met Paul Claudel in 1944, the poet and dramatist personally chose him to play Pierre de Craon in his play: The Tidings Brought to Mary. See more »


Auguste Rodin: The human body is a world that moves. It's life!
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from "Ariettes oubliées"
Music by Claude Debussy
Poem by Paul Verlaine
Performed by Barbara Hendricks soprano, Michel Beroff piano
(p) EMI Classics
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Adjani was robbed of her Oscar!
25 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Isabelle Adjani is stunning as the title character in this rich and passionate film. I am amazed anytime an actor or actresses changes physically in the part of a film (and without tons of make-up and special effects, either!)and Adjani does this remarkably well! We as an audience are just as stunned as Eugene Blot when he finds Camille drunk and spiraling into the depths of madness. Her appearance is nothing less than shocking.

The film as a whole is engaging with a whirlwind of emotions--rage, sadness, torment, bliss; by the time the nearly 3 hours are up, I am exhausted. Adjani and Depardieu are part of that emotional energy as they passionately go at it--sex, sculpture and anger; especially when it comes to the latter. It is almost worth it to stop reading the subtitles and listen to them rage and lash out at one another.

Adjani is powerful in so much of this film...I am amazed she didn't receive that best actress Oscar she was up for. Her torment and pain is riveting--especially in French. I am glad they did not decide to dub this film into English; hearing Adjani sob and ask "Pourquoi? Pourquoi?" would be empty with her mouthing the words "Why? why?" in English.

The film as a whole is a bit long, but overall is stunning. The sad epilogue is even sadder if you know that Claudel's remains were interred in a mass grave after her brother Paul failed to claim them from her original grave [the asylums only interred bodies in individual plots for a certain amount of time; space was at a premium.] So, the brilliant Camille Claudel's remains ended up in an unmarked grave mixed in with others who went unclaimed, as well.

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